Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/20/05 at 02:15 AM ET
Goals and gate receipts have increased. Fighting has decreased, and ties have disappeared altogether. Yet, as the NHL season hits the quarter pole, not everyone is enamored with the radically altered game. An informal survey conducted Thursday in the Penguins' dressing room quickly produced two men who preferred the old league. Not surprisingly, both make their living trying to prevent goals. "It's not a man's game anymore," said defenseman Lyle Odelein. Veteran goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, whose season goals-against average is bloated to nearly twice his career mark, responded emphatically to a questioner. "Do I like the new game? No," Thibault said. "I liked it better before. Right now, you get a free pass to the net."read on update, Sunday 12:33am, While at the Gazette, make sure to check out Shelly Anderson's Slap Shots, where you will find information like this:
Some shootout statistics through Thursday: There were 25 shootouts through the first 281 games this season (8.9 percent). Shooters scored on 51 of 159 attempts (32.1 percent). Five shootouts were decided in four shots, nine in five shots, six in six shots, one in seven shots, two in eight shots, one in 16 shots and one in 18 shots. Nashville led with four shootout games, going 3-1. Washington was 3-0. Tampa was 0-3. Detroit and Philadelphia had not been in one.
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